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CMPD probes death of man held down by cell phone store employees after robbery call

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are probing the death of a man who was held down by employees of a cell phone store after a reported robbery last week.

Officers responding to a robbery call at United Wireless Group on Green Park Circle in southwest Charlotte last Thursday found employees of the business holding Wallace Scranton III, 39, on the ground and in need of medical help.

Police officers, followed by firefighters and Medic, performed CPR until Scranton regained a pulse. He was hospitalized in critical condition, but died Monday, police said.

Now homicide detectives are working with the medical examiner’s office to learn how he died.

Police said the incident began when two men entered United Wireless Group, stole some cell phones and fled. At least one employee fought with Scranton while the second suspect drove off from the parking lot in a U-Haul truck.

At least one store employee fired shots from a handgun, police, apparently hitting the truck at least once. But police said last week that nobody was struck by the bullets.

The U-Haul truck was found abandoned a short distance away, but police dogs and a helicopter weren’t able to find the second suspect.

Bruce Henderson writes about transportation, emerging issues and interesting people for The Charlotte Observer. His reporting background is in covering energy, environment and state news.
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